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Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

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For a comprehensive and eminently comprehensible overview of Tibetan Buddhism, look to Power's substantial Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.Booklist
Paperback, 504 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Snow Lion Publications
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Ommmm, I want to immerse myself in the robed peace of the Tibetan monks. Here's a paraphrased excerpt from the Introduction of this book: A lotus is born in the muck and mud at the bottom of a swamp, but when it emerges on the surface of the water and opens its petals, a beautiful flower appears, unstained by the mud from which it arose.
Similarly, genuine compassion arises from the muck of the ordinary world, which is characterized by fighting, hatred, distrust, anxiety, and other negative emot
John Powers's Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism meets a genuine need in providing nonspecialist students of religion or Asian studies with an overview of this distinctive form of Buddhist belief and practice. In clear and readable language, the book mostly achieves its stated goal of being "a systematic and wonderfully clear presentation of Tibetan Buddhist views and practices."

Powers begins with a survey of Buddhist history and doctrine, with a focus on Mahāyāna philosophy. This whole opening s
I loved this book, but I am partial to Tibetan Buddhism.
DO NOT read this if you want an intro to Buddhism.
This is a scholastic introduction and in particular, to Tibetan.
Tibetan Buddhism comes with tons of myths and cultural baggage.
But I still love it. Not sure why.
The Dalai Lama is my favorite Buddhist author.
Apr 10, 2008 Majormarmot rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: History lovers
Recommended to Majormarmot by: I found it by accident
Shelves: filosofia
Un excelente libro para aprender sobre historia y cultura Tibetana, la historia enfocada a eventos religiosos obviamente. Lamentablemente el tema del budismo se ve de una forma muy superficial, enfocándose en la tradición tibetana sobre la filosofía en si,

En vez de citar sutras o analizar el darma, como hacen la mayoría de los libros budistas, John Powers analiza en forma objetiva los rituales y costumbres de las 4 principales escuelas budistas en Tibet, incluyendo una sección completa sobre el
A.B. McFarland
I thought this 400+ page tome would be a total snooze, but it was extremely fascinating. Everything from butter sculptures, to bas-ass buddhas like Padmasambhava, it's all here and more. There's even a chapter on Bön. I was especially happy to read the descriptions of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism (Guleg, Sakya, Nyigma and Kagyu) because I'd always puzzled about what the differences between them might be. HIghly recommended for anyone with an interest in this topic.
I bumped into a Japanese woman at a Tibetan Buddhist community center several years ago who asked me to housesit for her for three weeks. In addition to mentioning that Tibetan Buddhism is a highly scholastic spiritual path, she told me to read anything I wanted to out of her library and highly recommended this book. This text discusses the origin and history of the four major lineages (or schools) of this particular spiritual path.
Sarah K
A fascinating and informative book that provides background for the history, culture and varieties of Tibetan Buddhism. I'd recommend for readers who already have general, practical knowledge of Tibetan Buddhist teachings, otherwise some parts of this book might lack context.
Nick Mather
A very nice introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. This would be great for an undergraduate course or for anyone who is interested in the religion. It is nicely written with solid research and an excellent bibliography, but yet also very easy to read.
An amazing look into the history of Buddhism, followed by an indepth look at the Tibetan Buddhist schools. Invaluable for a beginning practitioner, or anyone who would like to know more about Tibetan Buddhist history, culture, and ritual.
Pretty good. Informative, but could have been better edited and the writing could have been more polished.
Chris Lemig
Very thorough and readable introduction.
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